HIGH-FIVES FOR PHILLIES, NOW WINNERS OF 29 OF LAST 35 GAMES!

By Peter Marks

Zack Wheeler went seven innings and J.T. Realmuto and Nick Castellanos homered as the Phillies swept the World Series champion Texas Rangers with a 5-2 win, the Phillies’ seventh series sweep this season.

A sellout crowd of 42,377 filled Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies improve to 22-8 at home. They are 37-14 and have the best record in baseball.

They are 29-6 over their last 35 games, which matches the best 35-game span in franchise history, last done in 1892. And the Phillies improved to 15-3 since they lost two-time All-Star shortstop Trea Turner to a left hamstring injury.

Wheeler (6-3) won his sixth straight decision (over seven starts) and allowed five hits and two runs. He gave up Adolis García’s solo homer in the second inning and another run in the seventh.

José Alvarado worked a scoreless eighth and Jeff Hoffman pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Realmuto hit an 0-2 pitch off Rangers starter Andrew Heaney (0-6) the other way into the right field seats for a tying shot in the third that stretched his hitting streak to 13 games.

Cristian Pache knocked a two-run triple off the left field wall in the fourth for a 3-1 lead and he scored on Kyle Schwarber’s RBI single.

Castellanos added a solo shot in the seventh.

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